Harvey-Waroona Reporter journalist Luke McPherson was at Brady Hough’s house when the Harvey product got drafted and here is what he saw. Tears, joy and champagne flowed freely at a household in Harvey when a young man’s childhood dream was realised. Eighteen-year-old Brady Hough was taken with pick 31 of the AFL draft on Thursday night by the West Coast Eagles — the club he had supported since he was a boy. Brady was described as a “draft bolter” after moving to Peel to play at WAFL colts level only this season, and playing just one game in the Thunder’s league side. I was lucky enough to head out to Brady’s family home, five minutes out of Harvey, and spend time with the new Eagle within hours of him being picked up. About 25 people — most donned in blue and gold — stood on the Houghs’ front lawn. It was clear everyone had been greeted excitedly out the front and, due to their chatting and the arrival of more people, they had not actually made it inside the house. Brady greeted me at my car door, wearing the Eagles guernsey he had “put on straight away”. He was puffed. He had spent so much time embracing loved ones over the previous hour that he hardly had time to breathe. “This is the front yard that made him,” his father Peter told me. I looked around to see Brady, who at this point was crouched down on the grass, staring in to space. He smiled. “I can’t believe it,” he said softly. I got some photos of the blue and gold supporters celebrating, and chatted with Brady and his mum Fiona. From the moment I got there, I was treated not just as some journo, but part of the family. I was keen not to linger, this was a moment for family, not for me, but the atmosphere was electric and the excitement was palpable. Everyone was so full of adrenaline they could have run to Melbourne and shook Gillon McLachlan’s hand. I left Brady, his mother Fiona, father Peter and the rest of the family. They were all so proud, and strangely, so was I. The dedication it had taken for a kid from our little part of the world to drive to Perth for training, work part-time at Harvey Fresh and study at ECU had all paid off. Brady knew the work was only just beginning, but for now he was on the list of the AFL club he had supported since he was a boy, and no one could take that off him. Regardless of what happens from here, Brady Hough will have thousands of fans in Harvey and across the South West behind him, and I am proudly one of them.